The Race is On by Lily Velden

RaceIsOn[The]LGTitle:  The Race is On

Series:  How The Light Gets In, Book 2

Author:  Lily Velden

Genre:   Contemporary Romance

Length:  Novel (350 pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (August 9th, 2013)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:   Book Two: How the Light Gets In

Hollywood heartthrob Jaxon Moncrieff and Liam Lassiter are finally on the same page: committed and in it for the long haul. Now they just have to prepare for the inevitable fallout when they reveal their relationship. Between Jaxon’s career and Liam’s need to prepare for a life in the limelight, they decide to wait until filming of Jaxon’s latest project has wrapped.

Unbeknownst to them, the relentless paparazzi photographer Rafael Cacciatore, aka the Hunter, notices a change in Jaxon and is determined to be the first to break the story of who has captured Jaxon Moncrieff’s heart. In the meantime, Liam and Jaxon have enough on their plate working out the not-so-little issue of how and when Jaxon will come out to his family. The paparazzi aren’t even on their radar. The race to out Jaxon is on, and Liam and Jaxon don’t even know it.

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Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  *Note* this is the second book in a series and the first book, Same Page, should be read prior to this book or the characters and events won’t make as much sense.

The Race is On picks up right where Same Page left off, literally. Jaxon is leaving the hotel under the prying eyes of the paparazzi while Garrett sneaks Liam out through the underground garage. Jaxon would gladly tell every last one of them exactly who he loved, but Liam isn’t quite ready for the spotlight yet. They’ve decided to wait until Jax’s current film raps and enjoy their anonymity and privacy just a little while longer. Little do they know that a ruthless photographer who will stop at nothing to get the ‘money’ shot has set his sights on Jaxon.

The bond between them becomes stronger as the weeks pass bringing Christmas closer, when Jax’s family will come to Australia and learn the truth about his one true love. It starts off a little rocky, but the more time Jax’s family spends with him and Liam seeing first hand just how much they truly love each other, the waters eventually smooth out. But that annoying Pap is still stalking them on the sidelines, still waiting for them to let down their guard, just once. The date is set for Jaxon to come out and publicly announce his relationship with Liam. But things don’t always go as planned. When the public learns the truth about Jaxon’s sexuality, an overzealous fan strikes out at Liam, leaving him in a coma. 

Velden has created two vastly different characters and woven their lives and story together seamlessly with pen and paper. They love each other with so much passion, and it’s clearly evident to the reader. They both have their own strengths and weaknesses, but they complement each other so well that it all balances out. When Liam is insecure, Jaxon is his rock. When Jaxon is lost, Liam is his home and shows him the way.

Anyone that reads M/M will absolutely love this series, I’m certain of it. There is just that perfect balance of romance, mystery, intrigue and sweaty sex that all us fans of the genre crave!

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